The building dynamic between Black Manta and his father is also rich with opportunities, and that premise is already paying off in spades. Batman 79 is another one of the more quiet, character-driven issues in Tom King's run and, like many before it, an excellent example of just how good this run truly is. The issue takes us back, story-wise, to events prior to 77 and gives readers a chance to see even more clearly just how much of a team Batman and Catwoman have become.
It's an issue that, in its own way, gets right at the core of both characters and what motivates them while also delivering some tight action scenes and some of the best Catwoman lines ever. Bane has no idea what's coming for him, but readers will be delighted at the united front the Bat and Cat bring.
Brett Booth knocks this issue out of the park, with some great facial acting, great body language, and interesting page layouts. He balances action and emotion really well, but it's in service of a script that feels like it's going through the motions. The sixth issue is a messy affair that fails to execute key turning points in clear and satisfying ways. The reveals and twists come out in a jumbled manner that makes it difficult to digest with any meaning and it's easy to lose the thread and forget what this series is supposed to be about.
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Thanks to Stranger Things , the 80s-horror vibe is all the rage and that's definitely what Inferior Five is aiming for. Unfortunately, the first issue misses that mark. Positioned as a follow-up to "Invasion! Justice League 32 features multiple epic team-ups as the Justice League battles against the Legion of Doom in the past, present, and future. While this arc continues at an almost too manic pace, at least everything feels big and epic. Considering that Howard Porter is the artist, this issue feels very much like Grant Morrison's run on Justice League— unapologetically big and loud and very much like a high concept blockbuster movie.
The pacing still leaves me wanting more, as I feel that none of the arc's many moments are being given time to breathe, but this is still a very fun issue. The Black Mercy is central to one excellent superhero story, but has never functioned to provide a satisfying narrative twist since its introduction. The various takes on how Luthor might have evolved differently each provide an intriguing elsewhere spin in concept, but nothing satisfactory or exciting beyond the simple asking of: What if…?
Much of what occurs can be potentially dismissed due to the nature of the Black Mercy, unfortunately, and the story drifts without purpose for any readers not heavily invested in Justice League. Despite an abundance of ideas, this comic flops when forced to stand on its own two feet.
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Is Lucifer still the Devil even though he's kicked out of Hell? A war between Lucifer's beloved and Heaven launches an incredibly rich tale you'll only see in comics. As thematically dark this series has gotten, there's still this disturbingly light tone that carries throughout, that reminds the reader just how much of a genre-bending series this really is. As bizarre as the love between Lucifer and Sycorax remains, this half horror, half sick-and-twisted romantic comedy continually improves month after month.
The dialogue simply does not work as much of it is the definition of cringe worthy. The art, on the other hand, is serviceable, if not also struggling a little with portraying facial features that should evoke emotions versus laughter. Supergirl finally gets in on the "Leviathan" story this week and it makes for an excellent change of pace from the previous Rogol Zaar storyline. With Supergirl back on Earth, she's now focused on finding out what Leviathan is and what has happened to her adoptive parents, Eliza and Jeremiah Danvers. Where it shines is in Supergirl's reactions to the things she discovers.
You can feel her fear, her concern, and even her surprise through not only the words on the page but the art.
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It's a refreshing return for the character who has spent so much time focused on her Kryptonian heritage with a twist at the end that sets things up for more adventures to come. I'm fascinated by how the formation of the United Planets will impact DC comics moving forward, and with the uneasy truce between Zod and Superman. It took way too long for this arc to end, but it brought in a ton of really interesting ideas that could set the tone for the next few years of a lot of DC books.
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It is a far more fragmented story than the first two issues, delivering most of its segments in only two pages. Each of those paired pages delivers at least one excellent gag, however, including a direct reference to the non-chronological and increasingly mysterious structure of the overarching narrative. In the midst of it all Jimmy remains a source of some outrageously funny moments and understated, blue collar charm. While the success of this series rests on how well so many ideas cohere as the master plan becomes apparent, the acts of discovery here is pure delight. It feels like these stories in all of their tonal complexity can only continue to soar up, up, and away.
This dysfunctional Teen Titans group always seems ready to pop at any minute, but the fireworks really kick in here. Artist Bernard Chang and colorist Marcelo Maiolo deliver another solid issue as well, though things kick into another gear anytime Djinn is in the spotlight, especially those last few pages. Another fun issue of Titans: Burning Rage , the story picks up where the previous issue left off and it is every bit as much of a delight. The team quickly discovers that their usual tactics aren't going to work against Disruptor and his crew which leads to a near catastrophic defeat. That in turn leads to Raven having to make a drastic decision.
It's no exaggeration to say that everything works here, from the art, to the pacing, to the way the narrative shifts from character to character until we get to Raven and her decision. There's a little bit of something for everyone in the issue, the end result being a story that is fun and accessible for all fans and a joy to read. Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me is back with a new issue, and I cannot help but wondering when this series is going to get interesting.
Diana is still plagued by the island and its de-powering effects, but the erratic update makes it difficult to care. Ryan Stegman was born to draw Absolute Carnage. Page after page is stunning and he continues to prove that there was no one else up to the venomous task at hand. Cates does as Cates does and keeps with Stegman step for step.
Together the duo is seemingly unstoppable and Absolute Carnage continues to be one of the gnarliest events in recent Marvel history. Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors continues to live up to its name with a brutal second issue. Fans meet up with Misty Knight who is living a hellish nightmare in a maze created by Carnage, but she is not alone.
With a bit of intervention from Iron Fist and fans, this issue toes a line caught between tension and ease which will keep fans thumbing pages with ease. The issue has a few hiccups, but the highs definitely outweigh the lows. This penultimate issue of Dead Man Logan starts a bit rough, keeping with the same dull tones and topsy turvy dialogue that has plagued this Logan run for some time.
But Brisson flips the script about halfway through and concludes with a more than solid action comic. Unfortunately, these two elements of quality manage to undercut one another at seemingly every turn. The action is overridden by so many word balloons that many panels are nearly obfuscated and the pacing of quick turnabouts is lost beneath a jumble of dialogue. Rather than striking a balance, most pages attempt to be all things for this miniseries at once and never manage to provide any of them with quality.
Outside of a horrifically cringeworthy line that Sue Storm utters near the end of this issue, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man 12 is probably the strongest issue of the series. This comic picks up on a lot of threads from earlier in the comic—Under York, Spider-Man's strong relationship with his neighbors, and even Aunt May's cancer.
It all comes together for a very entertaining story that feels a lot like a classic Spider-Man tale from an earlier era. There's so much tension brewing in Guardians of the Galaxy that it leaps off the page and jumps down your throat. This issue didn't have any action per se, but the groundwork has been laid for an epic conclusion to this slowly-built storyline. This cliffhanger in this issue was almost too predictable, although the reveal itself was as metal as anything else you'll see this week. No page is enhanced by the listing of events.
Individual eras, like the oddities produced by Stever Gerber in the s, and big moments, like the death of Gwen Stacy, are better captured than any cohesive sense of history. On the larger scale, this is a game-changing issue for the characters, but Hickman keeps it grounded and resonant by focusing in on the characters, putting that same perfect grasp on their personalities on display that made the previous issue so powerful. Pepe Larraz delivers more beautiful artwork with powerful, gleaming colors by Marte Gracia. This one is going to have people talking, and deservedly so.
Ahmed and Vazquez continue to churn out a wicked fun Ms. Marvel adventure with this latest issue. Bright colors and smooth lining make for an incredibly enjoyable read. Facing a monstrous beast in a pit, Conan has the opportunity to let loose an unbridled rage that has been growing inside him, only for a magical gemstone in the world above to unleash a similar form of mayhem.
The Barbarian learns that there was much more to this mystical token, but also to his recent adventure. Given how wordy the previous issue was, this installment more than redeemed that exposition-heavy chapter for the book, as we see page after page of Conan unleashing his fury on a massive monster, all while spewing warnings of the fate the beast will suffer.
When you think of Conan, you think of him swinging his sword mightily at anything in his path, with almost the entire first half of the issue devoted to the entertaining bout. The final issue in this arc wraps up an engaging adventure featuring the Barbarian, which might not reinvent the series, but ends with enough bloodshed to appease Conan fans. Spider-Man 1 is an inauspicious start to what might be the biggest Spider-Man comic of Fans of Spider-Man, Abrams, or Pichelli may hope to find something to love here. Unfortunately, the poor storytelling, bland characterizations, and less-than-memorable visuals combine to make Spider-Man 1 hard to recommend.
After witnessing the death of Han Solo, Rey earns some advice from Leia Organa about how, when you belong to something larger than yourself, you're never really alone, giving Rey the courage to seek out Luke Skywalker.
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On their way, Rey has the opportunity to embrace her heroic nature when learning of a nefarious plan of a ship junker, unleashing the hero that has always been inside of her. The book might not make you see either character in a new way, but it almost makes us wish it took longer for Rey to get to Ahch-To so we could have seen more adventures this pair got up to on their travels, allowing them to right wrongs all across the galaxy.
The book doesn't enlighten us regarding the sequel trilogy, yet there's a lot of fun to be had with Rey and Chewie, including an appearance from an iconic ship. Rose and Paige Tico had an affinity for piloting ships from a young age, but never realized they would need to use those skills to fight for their home planet.
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After witnessing the destructive power of the First Order firsthand, they realize the best way to fight back is with the Resistance, leading to a fateful encounter with a key figure of the uprising. After that, it can extend its 8 legs, with the top two holding the divided cabinets.